News Releases - 2011
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas frequently provides company news releases to Kansas media. Listed below are the general releases which have been distributed to media contacts during 2011. These releases are in their original wording as presented to the media. Published versions may have varied.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Donates $150,077 to More Than 150 Schools Through Healthy Habits for Life Grant Program
December 22, 2011 - More Kansas children than ever will have access to at-school programs designed to help them reduce their cardiovascular risk, increase their physical activity or learn healthy eating habits as a record number of Healthy Habits for Life grants were recently distributed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. In all, school nurses, teachers and administrators in 79 Kansas counties will share $150,077.25 through 158 grants funding programs for the 2012 calendar year.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Earns Two Customer Satisfaction Awards
December 15, 2011 - For the fifth consecutive year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has been awarded the Highest Customer Satisfaction Award in the health care industry by the Service Quality Measurement Group (SQM). In addition to earning this prestigious award, the BCBSKS customer service center was recertified as a "World Class Certified Call Center." This means the company's customer service center performed at or maintained the World Class call level for six months or more.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Employees, Foundation Give $241,591 to United Way Campaigns in the State
November 28, 2011 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation donated a total of $241,591.53 this fall to United Way campaigns in Topeka, Salina, Wichita and Hutchinson.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Obtains and Retains URAC Accreditation
November 2, 2011 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has been awarded case management, disease management and health utilization management accreditations from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.
Wesley Medical Center Receives Blue Distinction® Recognition
September 26, 2011 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is pleased to announce that Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® as a result of demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in these areas, according to Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Making $150,000 Available to Schools Through Healthy Habits for Life Grants
July 19, 2011 - With school budgets tighter than ever, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is increasing the dollars available for Healthy Habits for Life grants so more nurses, teachers and administrators can deliver programs that encourage Kansas children to adopt healthy habits.
BlueCHIP® Awards Program Promoting Healthy Kansas Communities Renewed, Expanded for 2011
June 29, 2011 - Four Kansas communities will each win $2,500 in early 2012 to further promote health and wellness programs in their communities as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) have agreed to renew and expand the BlueCHIP® community health improvement program.
Partnership Encourages Healthy Kansas Vacations
May 31, 2011 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Kansas Travel & Tourism Division Team up to Promote Vacations in Kansas
Shorman Re-elected Chairman of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors
May 12, 2011 - Gary D. Shorman, Hays, was re-elected to a second, one-year term as chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors at its annual meeting May 12 in Topeka. Steve W. Sloan, Pittsburg, was re-elected to a second one-year term as vice chairman.
National Walk @ Lunch Day® Allows Kansans to Take Steps Toward Better Health
April 22, 2011 - The employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas are taking to the sidewalks of Topeka and Wichita April 27 to encourage fellow Kansans to take the first steps toward better health. Wednesday is National Walk @ Lunch Day®, a national program which reminds people to take time during their lunch break and start walking towards better health. Because most people’s schedules are built around their workdays, National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to fit into – not compete with – their daily routine.
Sunflower Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Fund Outdoor Expansion of Kansas Children's Discovery Center
April 12, 2011 - Two state-based foundations with a common mission of improving the health of Kansans are assuring that visitors to the Kansas Children's Discovery Center (KCDC), Topeka, will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of walking by making major donations to the center's Outdoor Learning Environment.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Employees Donate 21 Tons of Food to Project Topeka
March 22, 2011 - Kicking off the company’s 21st year of support to Project Topeka, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas employees donated 21 tons of food to the annual city-wide food collection campaign, according to Andrew C. Corbin, president/CEO.
- Small Community:
Grinnell, Gove County
- Medium Community:
Hutchinson, Reno County
- Large Community:
Lawrence, Douglas County
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Earns Brand Excellence Awards for Provider Satisfaction and Member Retention
March 17, 2011 - For the fourth consecutive year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has received a prestigious Brand Excellence Award for provider satisfaction from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. In addition, the company received a second award, Brand Excellence for member retention. The annual awards honor Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that excel in developing and enhancing the overall Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand image.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Donates $108,066 to Schools Through Healthy Habits for Life Grant Program
March 11, 2011 - In an effort to encourage more Kansas children to adopt healthy habits, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation decided to make additional Healthy Habits for Life grant dollars available for the 2010-2011 giving cycle and reached out to a larger group of potential grantees.
Three Kansas Communities Recognized with BlueCHIP® Awards for Promoting Healthy Communities
Feb. 2, 2011 - Three communities that differ by size and geography have one important thing in common; each has taken steps to improve the health of its residents and, in the process, has earned a BlueCHIP® Award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA).
Fourteen Community Health Clinics Share $64,230 in Grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
Jan. 18, 2011 - Fourteen community health clinics providing care for underserved Kansans shared $64,230 in end-of-the-year grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, according to Marlou Wegener, chief operating officer of the Foundation. The grants were provided to the clinics to help each serve a specific target population of their uninsured and underinsured clients, Wegener said.